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Celebvocate: Kathy Ireland stumps for Down syndrome resources

Kathy Ireland and Patrick Kennedy on Capitol Hill, 2010. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

Another day, another celebrity in the nation's capital to shine a light on her favorite cause. Wednesday's boldface name: Kathy Ireland.
Occasion: The Global Down Syndrome Foundation's awards honoring outgoing U.S. representative Patrick Kennedy.
Site: Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
Bona fides: Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, multimillionaire entrepreneur, health-care advocate.
Personal connection: Her 3-month-old niece, Polly, was born with Down syndrome.
What she wants: Increased NIH funding for services, education and inclusion for people with this genetic difference. "I'm really angry that the funding is so low for people with Down's syndrome while it's the most frequently diagnosed developmental condition."
How she looked: Fantastic -- clearly can still rock a bikini at 47. Not that she did on Capitol Hill; instead, tight taupe knit dress, lioness mane of hair with blond highlights, majorly green eyes. Oh, and taller than you'd expect; almost 5-11 without heels.
Quote: "Some people talk about people with Down's syndrome as having challenges. I see it as a difference. ...We need to fight for the most vulnerable."

By The Reliable Source  | September 16, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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If this is actually Kathy Ireland's exact quote, someone needs to inform her that her niece has Down Syndrome, not Down's Syndrome. However, kuddos to Kathy for advocating for Down Syndrome.

Posted by: angieschwering | September 20, 2010 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Kathy Ireland. Families who have family members with Down syndrome lead the effort for advocacy for this population. We welcome Ms Ireland to the cause, and congratulate her on the birth of her niece Polly.

While it is called Down's Syndrome in the UK, the proper name for Trisomy 21 in the United States and the rest of the world is Down syndrome. Capital D. Little s. But hey, she's a new aunt, so cut her a break!

Posted by: cshep1 | September 20, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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